Reviewed by Nuno on 17 Apr 2002
At the first listen Power of the Dragonflame will probably sound just like the prior band’s albums but the further exploration of this album will reveal some slight changes and some new adds to their musicality.
The fast paced Epic structures are present and exploited to their limits, while the keyboards keep delivering those doses of melodic medieval breaks and high voltage symphonic attacks. But then you will begin to notice the real leaps of this band into some new perceptions and perspectives. I mean it in the plural because the news are all set in different directions...
For instance, Lamento Eroico is an operatic opus that is sung in their native language (Italian). This is a completely new approach by the band and the song is tremendously consistent and well achieved.
Other novelty is the dark tone vocals used by Fabio Leone in The March of the Swordmaster, a song that sounds very reminiscent of Manowar, only much better in the melodic sense and the brilliant use of the choruses.
The real shock treatment is provided while listening to When Demons Awake, where a never seen side of Rhapsody is dramatically and violently unfolded. This track is more aggressive than everything they have done before and the vocals are lowest and even darker than in the prior song. The keyboards and the use of choruses are simply amazing in providing melody to this sharp power/thrash metal attack, making this a mark in Rhapsody's career. Is it a glimpse of their future orientations?
Ok, you will also find some of the clichés that this band has created. At least they use their own and do to clone others. But the truth is that the band is always showing an upgrading interplay and melodically they keep evolving and successfully delivering this simple and effective formula based on the harmony of epic arrangements inbreeded in fast riffs and powerful (and catchy) choruses.
Overall, the album is characterized by the use of strong melody lines, which is really a trademark of this band. Nevertheless Rhapsody really seems to have become (a bit) faster, wider and more technical, setting their batteries to a more progressive sound. This can only be understood as a compliment.